initial 40 billion in cuts the president did on his own which the republicans say don't count. when you put them together, they originally wanted actually 73 billion, now we are at 73 billion, so it is past their original asking price back in february. so, now that you're at 73 million and now they want a little bit more, is the problem, senator harkin, that there's no pressure from the left? and is it the responsibility of the senate democrats to put that pressure and say, mr. president, even if you want to do that, we are not gonna do it? >> what i think we are seeing here is a determined effort by the republicans, led by the tea party vigilantes, to force a government shutdown. keep in mind, last night, speaker boehner spoke to his caucus. and he mentioned, he said to them that he had instructed the administration, house administration committee, to prepare for a government shutdown and he got a standing ovation.